We were "green" before green was cool...
At Northern Sunset Perennials, we were raised on the value of plants and the effects of plants in the environment. We try to minimize our impact on the environment whenever and wherever it is economically feasible. The movement toward a more sustainable future is not new. In a variety of ways, we've been attempting to "walk softly on the earth" for a long time.
- We grow the majority of our plants outdoors. This allows plants to come out of dormancy and into bloom on Mother Nature's schedule, enabling us to use less energy for heating and cooling, and minimal hormones or growth regulators.
- Plant tops and roots removed during production are composted and added back to the potting soil.
- Hay used for over-wintering our product is composted and added to our stock fields.
- Pots, trays, and labels are responsibly recycled back into the industry.
- Soil sterilization is done using steam, rather than chemicals.
- Pesticides are used, but only when necessary and only on the affected crop. We use bio-rational products whenever possible, including predator insects, and only when scouting shows the need.
- We do not use GMO seeds for seed grown vegetables, herbs or perennials.
- We limit the use of Neonicotinoids on pollinator plants and then only according to label specifications.
- Irrigation and storm water runoff is recycled to holding ponds that are used for irrigation.
- Irrigation is done on an as needed basis.
- Slow-release fertilizers are incorporated into our soil mix for less leaching.
- Liquid fertilizers are applied only as needed.
- Landscape cloth used for overwintering is reused each year.
- Used pallet material is used as biodegradable mulch, and then composted when it is no longer viable.
- We send fully loaded trucks, planning the most efficient routes, as often as possible.
- We adhere to the Invasive Species Voluntary Code of Conduct for Nursery Professionals.